The sanitary workers of San Francisco are on a strike and naturally, Mr. Monk is appalled by the ferocious smell the neglected garbage is causing. The head of the union is mysteriously murdered which makes matters worse. Monk desperately seeks out the murderer so that the garbage of the streets can be quickly disposed. Distracted by the stench, Monk makes false assumptions of the who the real murderer is making him wrong for the first time. Written by
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This episode contains a few "firsts": This is the first episode to have more than one "Here's What Happened" sequence. In fact, it has three. This is the first time that Monk has let his morals slip (not that it was intended, keep in mind the fact that the city reeks of garbage). See more
When Captain Stottlemeyer and Lt. Disher drive up to stop Monk from trying to pick up all the garbage on his own, they park the car behind a huge line of piled up trash bags. The camera then cuts to Monk driving the garbage truck, and when it cuts back to the two getting out of the car all the garbage is gone. See more
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